'Bato' hopes probe on 'secret jail' will address overcrowding

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 04 2017 04:48 PM

MANILA- Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Thursday said he is ready to face a Senate investigation on the secret jail cell discovered in Tondo, Manila last week. 

Dela Rosa, in a press conference, said he will attend the probe if he is invited.

"I take it as a positive step by the Senate na mag-imbestiga sila because this investigation will be in aid of legislation. I hope makapag-legislate sila ng batas wherein magiging beneficiary yung PNP, particularly yung police stations na talagang masikip na yung kulungan," he said.

Dela Rosa added that he expects the Senate to come up with a policy intended for the construction of more detention facilities to address overcrowding in jails.

"Baka one of the legislations na ineexpect natin na will be coming out of this investigation is yung paggawa ng mga additional detention facilities para sa ating mga nahuli," he said.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) last week inspected the Raxabago police station in Tondo, following a tip that drug suspects were illegally detained there.

The CHR discovered a cramped cell behind a brown bookshelf in the station where 12 persons were detained.

Dela Rosa also revealed that he has already reached out to the CHR following the inspection.

"Kung ano recommendations, findings ng CHR, we will take that positively and we will act on that accordingly," he said.

In the same press conference, Dela Rosa also dismissed suspicions that there may be more secret jail cells across the country.

"So far, all the regional directors reported to me that there is no existing secret detention facilities being maintained by their respective subordinate units," he said.

"Meaning, iyung police stations, provincial headquarters, walang mini-maintain na ganoon," he added. --with a report from Henry Atuelan and Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News